Monday, 25 February 2013

An ‘A' Grade for GMA|Ryder

GMA|Ryder: Work has now commenced on site on the first significant new build Grade ‘A' office development to be started in Glasgow's central business district in nearly five years. Designed by GMA|Ryder, this c.£60million investment, One West Regent Street, will deliver approximately 143,000 sq ft NIA of Grade ‘A' office and retail space.

The development site is the greater part of a city block once occupied by the Odeon Cinema in the central business core of Glasgow, near Queen Street Station and adjacent to Buchanan Street - the city's premier shopping area. The former cinema is distinctly two buildings - the red brick box of the auditorium and the front of house represented by the art-deco styled white architecture of the 1930's - The Paramount Cinema. The art-deco part of the former cinema is retained as a separate development.

One West Regent Street will play a significant part in the expansion of the commercial heart of the city. Gordon Murray of GMA|Ryder explains: ‘Since the closure of the cinema in 2006, this large city centre block has laid derelict. The redevelopment of this site will continue the regeneration of this area of Glasgow which commenced with the development of 2 West Regent Street. Land Securities' development Buchanan Galleries, which is located opposite One West Regent Street, is due to complete in spring 2013. . The redevelopment of One West Regent Street will enhance both the quality of office and retail space available in the central business district and the wealth and diversity of the architecture in this part of the city'.

At ten storeys the form and massing of the building responds to its context and compliments its neighbours through an elegant and simple architectural expression, detailing and quality of materials. Whilst providing optimum performance business space balancing daylight, splendid views and a sustainable approach to minimising carbon consumption. The building's height is focused on the West Nile Street/West Regent Street corner as a square tower adjacent to which a slot and fold on the curtain walling identifies the centrally located main entrance. At this point the building fa├žade sets back to reduce the apparent mass and mediate with the lower adjacent art-deco building. This set back also enhances a more immediate connection with the street - emphasising the retail units.

GMA's client for the new development is MOREOF Glasgow Developments Limited who is funded by Mountgrange Real Estate Opportunity Fund ("MoREOF") and PRUPIM. The site was acquired from Duddingston House Properties in November 2012 and Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed as Contractors. Demolition of the red brick box has started on site and new construction work will commence in early summer with completion by Q1 2015. Gordon Murray expressed the delight of the whole team that the project is now proceeding to completion; ‘ We have been working on this project for a number of years developing and testing high quality designs with the full support of the City authorities and it is exciting that it will now come to fruition.'

Project team

  • Civil and Structural Engineers: Woolgar Hunter
  • Environmental Engineers: Atelier 10
  • Project Management and Cost Consultancy: Doig and Smith